During the 1980s few musical artists were as successful as Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith when it came to converting their own emotional distress into ambitious pop songs. Gleaning their band name from psychologist Arthur Janov's primal therapy concept, in which a patient purposely re-experiences repressed childhood pain to achieve resolution, everything about the English duo seemed to be about catharsis. Responsible for such synth-new-wave hits as “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Mad World” (the last of which achieved renewed success in 2001 as a stripped-down ballad by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the film “Donnie Darko”), Orzabal and Smith reunited in 2004 after a decade-long fallout to release the record, “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.” Tears for Fears performs at the National on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. $42.50-$47.50.
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